Reddit has banned the online community of “incels,” or men who blame women for their involuntary celibacy and sometimes advocate rape, as part of a new crackdown on forums that glorify and incite violence.
On Tuesday, the incel subreddit disappeared from the internet forum and was replaced with a symbol of a gavel on a red background.
A statement from the company emailed on Thursday said the move was in line with a policy annnounced on Oct. 25 to ban content that calls for violence or physical harm.
“Communities focused on this content and users who post such content will be banned from the site,” the statement said. “As of Nov. 7, r/Incels has been banned for violating this policy.”
The incel subreddit, which had about 40,000 members, and similar online sites promoting hate against women have been under scrutiny for years. While the incel content was closed this week, some of it …